Tomas Tatar has waited patiently for the opportunity to play on one of the top two lines, which the confident young forward believes he deserves.
His time has come. The Detroit Red Wings need more offense, and one of the changes they made Friday was placing Tatar among their top six forwards for Saturday’s game against the New York Rangers at Joe Louis Arena (7 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit).
“Hopefully, this is going to be the turning point and I can help the first two lines produce,’’ Tatar, 22, said.
Coach Mike Babcock has split up Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, looking for more balance, hoping the chance to play with one or the other sparks more players. The Red Wings have scored only three goals in three games (0-2-1) and are averaging just 2.24 per game.
Tatar will be playing on a line with Zetterberg and Johan Franzen. It will be the third game in a row for Tatar, after he was a healthy scratch in seven of the first eight.
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